Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday.
LW/RW Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche, $950K, UFA 2012
If going into this week Daniel Winnik could be considered an under-the-radar trade deadline acquisition, TSN’s Bob McKenzie let the proverbial cat out of the bag when he announced Winnik was the most coveted role player at the trade deadline. As the good folks at another fine Canucks blog might say, Winnik has the kind of Corsi numbers which would make him a valued asset.
What he brings
Aside from not being a faceoff master as a winger, Winnik’s game isn’t a whole lot different than Manny Malhotra’s. Winnik will find himself on a first penalty-killing unit and can grind it out with the best of them. And even though the leadership core in Colorado isn’t exactly loaded with experience (outside of Milan Hejduk), Winnik wears an ‘A’ for the Avs and that counts for something.
Why he fits
Winnik takes a remarkable amount of shots — he’s currently at 146, which would put him fourth on the Canucks. If you put that kind of player on a more talented third line with Cody Hodgson and Jannik Hansen, Winnik’s offensive numbers would likely increase. And if Winnik doesn’t fit on a third line, he certainly wouldn’t look out of place on a fourth with Maxim Lapierre and Byron Bitz/Dale Weise.
What he’ll cost
The fact Bob McKenzie stated Winnik was coveted may have just increased his trade value going into the deadline. But it’s hard to tell where Greg Sherman and the Avalanche are right now; acquiring Steve Downie seems to indicate Colorado is focused on making the postseason (they have no choice but to given they have no first round pick this summer) and would rather push than try and cut their losses. If Winnik is indeed moved, it’ll be in the waning hours of the trade deadline and it won’t be for cheap; a second-round pick is probably the asking price.